I have read many of Randy Alcorn books, but this is the first time I have read a fictional work by him, and I simply loved it. The Chasm is an allegory, telling the story of Nick Seagrave in his pursuit of Charis, the beautiful city across the vast chasm. While being the story of Nick, it is in reality, my story. And your story.
In the beginning, Alcorn vividly paints the picture of the endless pursuit of happiness that Nick experienced in his life. He portrays how the different paths he pursued did not bring the happiness he thought they would, but actually brought heartache and pain. They continue even when he takes the red path that leads him to the edge of the chasm and his interaction with the Woodsman. It will be the Woodsman who eventually shows him the way across the vast chasm.
What I appreciated about this book is that the gospel is very clear. Crossing the chasm is nothing that can be done on our own, but someone has to take us across. It’s focus on the death of Jesus and my part of putting Him to death was sobering and humbling. I was part of putting Him to death. And yet, He came to rescue me.
The Chasm is a very easy read. It is one of those books that could easily be read in one evening, and it would greatly be worth your time. It is one of those books that would be very helpful to give to those searching for the truth of the meaning of life. It is apparently an abbreviated version of The Edge of Eternity, a book that I am now very interested in picking up to read.
I received a copy of the book: The Chasm: A Journey to the Edge of Life by Randy Alcorn from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for review.